It is with great sadness and heavy heart, I must tell the Hanoverian Society that ES Donavan is gone. He was 31.
We lost our big guy Friday , November 11, 2016 at age 31 due to infirmities of his old age Donavan went down and could not get up though he tried .
I will never be quite the same but oh the memories I will have!
He was so easy to love. Even on his last day he greeted my brother and his wife, he flirted with a mare in cross ties nearby, and posed for a picture with me and my sister-in-law. I was so lucky to be able to comfort him at the end. He was always the gift that kept giving . When my life had bumps , he was there and I drew comfort from his big hug and his big heart! I had some of my most thrilling days, being able to ride a horse with huge talent so surpassing my ability.And of course celebrating his many successes in the Dressage arena with JJ Tate. And proudly watched him give exhibitions and teach the country about Dressage, enthralling youngsters who would grow up to become talented riders and trainers in their own right.
Donavan literally brought together people who might never have met therefore missing some very rich experiences. These friendships and ties remain today after 17 years. I am now watching his kids and grand kids and greatgrand kids across the country , and in Canada and they too are giving joy and thrills to their happy owners.
Prior to our welcoming him into our family, he was masterfully campaigned by George Williams and Donavan and amassed a huge resume of awards and accolades . JJ Tate completed his FEI and ended with a successful Grand Prix season. He earned year end awards from the AHS, and in his region.
Donavan served as an ambassador for Dressage at many large venues across USA.
Donavan is sire of many sons, daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is represented in 6 registries, AHS, VhW, Oldenburg NA, GOV, RPSI, CSHA, he has an approved son for the Oldenburg NA, Drachen Herz. His offspring are coming into their own in all disciplines, Dressage, Hunters, Eventing. He passed on his exemplary temperament and his considerable talent, substance , rideability. Some of his very successful and up and coming offspring are Duesenjaeger, (Pilot), Davy Crockett , Drachen Herz, Dinah, Don Noir, Divine, Danika, (Dornrochen ) Dakairi, and there are several expected in 2017.